EPAM Learning Week

Selected Pieces from getAbstract's Journal

We’re all changing and adapting to the different situations around us, turbulence has become an inevitable part of our lives. This collection of getAbstract Journal items has been customized for you to build the skills of navigating through disruption, adapting to change and embracing the future. Learn the lessons from the experts in Leadership, Agility, Resilience and much more to prepare yourselves for tomorrow.

– NAVIGATING TURBULENCE –

Change Management: Lessons in Leadership, Agility and Resilience

> OVERVIEW

Great Expeditions
This 9 min. read saves you up to 37 hours
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Great Expeditions

Managing organization-wide change is daunting but the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

> HOW-TO-GUIDES

Making Sense of Agile
This 9 min. read saves you up to 80 hours
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Making Sense of Agile

Let’s take a deep dive into an overused buzzword.

SKILLS

Building Trust
This 10 min. read saves you up to 31 hours
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Building Trust

It takes a long time to build it up, yet it can be ruined in seconds: Trust is a delicate thing.

SKILLS UPDATE

How to Cultivate Grit
This 9 min. read saves you up to 36 hours
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How to Cultivate Grit

You have the talent and the skill, but do you have the drive to succeed? 

> FOCUS: RESILIENCE

People Will Only Leave Their Comfort Zone from a Safe Place
People Will Only Leave Their Comfort Zone from a Safe Place
This 7 min. read saves you up to 44 hours
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People Will Only Leave Their Comfort Zone from a Safe Place

You don’t want your team to “play it safe.” You want people to feel safe to play – as in pitching their ideas, performing to their potential and challenging the status quo.

Lessons in Psychological Safety
Lessons in Psychological Safety

When people feel safe working together, they achieve more.

How to Achieve Psychological Safety
How to Achieve Psychological Safety

In four steps.

> FOCUS: MINDSET

Improve Company Culture by Instilling a Learning Mindset
Improve Company Culture by Instilling a Learning Mindset
This 4 min. read saves you up to 52 hours
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Improve Company Culture by Instilling a Learning Mindset

Workplace learning creates not just a better-informed but a better-connected workforce.

The Built-In Superpower
The Built-In Superpower

How healthy optimism makes you more resilient.

Embracing the Unknown
Embracing the Unknown

Creative thinkers view challenges through a new lens or perspective to find novel solutions.

> VIDEOS

#gettogether: How to Manage Change
This minute read saves you up to 5 hours
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#gettogether: How to Manage Change

Award-winning author Campbell Macpherson on how to craft an exciting vision for the future – so that change is seen not as a threat, but an opportunity.

VIDEO

#gettogether: How to Build Resilience
#gettogether: How to Build Resilience
This minute read saves you up to 6 hours
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#gettogether: How to Build Resilience

Stanford Graduate School professor Leah Weiss explains how to build a resilient spirit and inspire your team members to do the same.

VIDEO

#gettogether: How to Manage a Crisis Moment (or Season)
#gettogether: How to Manage a Crisis Moment (or Season)
This 2 min. read saves you up to 5 hours
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#gettogether: How to Manage a Crisis Moment (or Season)

Author Matt Tenney joins the show to share lessons from his own crises – his journey from prison, to a monastery to the business world – to teach us that no matter how overwhelming the…

> LONGREAD

Lessons from the Top of the World
This 8 min. read saves you up to 38 hours
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Lessons from the Top of the World

Business writers find insight for leaders from the challenges and deadly hazards of climbing Mount Everest. What’s in it for you?

DYK

>> Did you know that reading a long text heightens your senses and helps you practice your most important skill in a hybrid workplace? 

> EXPERT INTERVIEWS

“People Don’t Want to Be Merely Motivated – They Seek Inspiration.”
“People Don’t Want to Be Merely Motivated – They Seek Inspiration.”
This 13 min. read saves you up to 31 hours
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“People Don’t Want to Be Merely Motivated – They Seek Inspiration.”

Trust is the lubricant of the new world of work, says Stephen M.R. Covey – but if you really want to bring your organization forward, you have to be an inspiring leader and put purpose…

“Being Open and Agile Is the One Vital Skill for the 21st Century”
“Being Open and Agile Is the One Vital Skill for the 21st Century”
This 14 min. read saves you up to 2 hours
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“Being Open and Agile Is the One Vital Skill for the 21st Century”

Applicable Tricks That Help Navigate Disruption in the Workplace.

EXPERT INTERVIEWS

“Mindfulness Is a Lifestyle.”
This 6 min. read saves you up to 66 hours
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“Mindfulness Is a Lifestyle.”

British psychologist Audrey Tang discusses how introducing small nuggets of mindfulness into your workday can lead to powerful changes over time.

EXPERT INTERVIEWS

“Make Sure You Have 35 Years of Experience. And Not One Experience Repeated 35 Times.”
“Make Sure You Have 35 Years of Experience. And Not One Experience Repeated 35 Times.”
This 16 min. read saves you up to 4 hours
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“Make Sure You Have 35 Years of Experience. And Not One Experience Repeated 35 Times.”

Ken Allen, CEO at DHL, explains what executives will need tomorrow to be able to "deliver".

“The Growth Mind-Set Is Almost a Ticket to Entry to Becoming an Effective Learner”
“The Growth Mind-Set Is Almost a Ticket to Entry to Becoming an Effective Learner”
This 18 min. read saves you up to 25 hours
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“The Growth Mind-Set Is Almost a Ticket to Entry to Becoming an Effective Learner”

Matthew Smith, chief learning officer at McKinsey, opens up about simple and actionable learning practices that will make you an intentional learner in no time.

– ACHIEVING TRANSFORMATION –

Company Culture: How to Change, Adapt and Thrive Together

> OVERVIEW

Courage and Candor
This 6 min. read saves you up to 89 hours
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Courage and Candor

Build a courageous culture with trust and learning at its center

> HOW-TO-GUIDES

Team-Building with “Yes, And…”
This 11 min. read saves you up to 37 hours
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Team-Building with “Yes, And…”

Incorporate these improvisation techniques to build team trust, coherence and creativity.

HOW TO

How to Offer Effective Feedback
This 2 min. read saves you up to 34 hours
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How to Offer Effective Feedback

Constructive, yet delivered with compassion, feedback is what makes learning cultures thrive.

HOW TO

How to Run Effective Meetings
This 7 min. read saves you up to 31 hours
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How to Run Effective Meetings

Stop treating meetings as a necessary evil.

> FOCUS: TRAINING

Gamify Your Training and Marketing for a Win/Win Strategy
Gamify Your Training and Marketing for a Win/Win Strategy
This 9 min. read saves you up to 37 hours
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Gamify Your Training and Marketing for a Win/Win Strategy

Game mechanics in different applications engage employees and customers, leading to greater retention for both.

Make Virtual Training Effective
Make Virtual Training Effective

Moving learning online can be a win-win – when done correctly. 

How to Measure the Success of Training
How to Measure the Success of Training

Everyone knows that the importance of introducing employees to new knowledge and skills through training is increasing in times of a talent shortage. But far fewer know how to measure the success of these initiatives.

> FOCUS: COACHING & MENTORING

How to Set Up a Mentoring Program (and Why)
How to Set Up a Mentoring Program (and Why)
This 8 min. read saves you up to 37 hours
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How to Set Up a Mentoring Program (and Why)

The best companies have them and the best talent expects them. Here’s a guide to get started.

How to Coach Your Employees
How to Coach Your Employees

Through coaching, you help people realize their potential by increasing their self-knowledge, perception and understanding. Leaders at all levels may start with the following six best practices.

How to Use Questions as a Coaching Tool
How to Use Questions as a Coaching Tool

Nudge people toward finding their own answers.

> EXPERT INTERVIEWS

“Five Practices Distinguish ‘Impact Players’ from All Other Equally Capable Employees.”
“Five Practices Distinguish ‘Impact Players’ from All Other Equally Capable Employees.”
This 12 min. read saves you up to 6 hours
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“Five Practices Distinguish ‘Impact Players’ from All Other Equally Capable Employees.”

Many are smart, productive, and motivated, but only a few employees make a significant difference for organizations. Liz Wiseman has investigated what sets these “Impact Players” apart – and how to become one yourself.

EXPERT INTERVIEWS

“Mapped Perfection Is Often Not What Learners Want.”
This 13 min. read saves you up to 3 hours
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“Mapped Perfection Is Often Not What Learners Want.”

How do you keep learners engaged in organizational training? Hadiya Nuriddin, author of StoryTraining, advises outstanding storytelling to become an attention magnet – a key facilitation skill in times of hybrid learning.

EXPERT INTERVIEWS

“Empathy Is One of the Most Incredible Superpowers.”
“Empathy Is One of the Most Incredible Superpowers.”
This 17 min. read saves you up to 6 hours
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“Empathy Is One of the Most Incredible Superpowers.”

Gary A. Bolles, author of The Next Rules of Work and Chair for the Future of Work at Singularity University, talks about the declining shelf life of skills, ways to compensate for those losses –…

EXPERT INTERVIEWS

“Unlock Your Greatness by Working on the Hard Things.”
“Unlock Your Greatness by Working on the Hard Things.”
This 9 min. read saves you up to 3 hours
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“Unlock Your Greatness by Working on the Hard Things.”

Accomplishing something that makes you proud starts with picking the right goal. Author and entrepreneur Michael Bungay Stanier explains the ingredients of a “worthy goal” and shares best practices for working toward it.

> THOUGHT LEADER PROFILES

Simon Sinek
This 9 min. read saves you up to 39 hours
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Simon Sinek

On purpose, leadership and empathy.

Brené Brown
Brené Brown
This 7 min. read saves you up to 23 hours
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Brené Brown

On vulnerability, psychological safety and other leadership skills.

Angela Duckworth
Angela Duckworth
This 8 min. read saves you up to 7 hours
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Angela Duckworth

On grit and how best to make long-lasting, positive behavioral changes.

Kelly McGonigal
Kelly McGonigal
This 9 min. read saves you up to 54 hours
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Kelly McGonigal

A new take on stress, willpower and movement.

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– BUILDING TOWARDS THE FUTURE –

Not Just Another Outlook: How Changes Here and Now Will Prepare You for Tomorrow

> OVERVIEW

How to Transition to a Hybrid Work Model
This 7 min. read saves you up to 39 hours
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How to Transition to a Hybrid Work Model

Making location-flexible work arrangements a success requires thoughtful planning and organization. 

> HOW TO GUIDES

Agile Communication
This 12 min. read saves you up to 33 hours
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Agile Communication

In the hybrid world of work, it’s all about agile networking among your employees – no matter where they are. This doesn’t require more digital tools but more clear rules.

> HOW-TO-GUIDES

How to Prepare for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet
This 6 min. read saves you up to 41 hours
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How to Prepare for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet

What sounds impossible isn’t that difficult.

HOW TO

Creativity Is a Journey, Not a Destination
This 4 min. read saves you up to 34 hours
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Creativity Is a Journey, Not a Destination

A Reading List to Get the Creative Juices Flowing

> FOCUS: DIVERSITY

How to Set the Parameters for Inclusion
How to Set the Parameters for Inclusion
This 3 min. read saves you up to 18 hours
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How to Set the Parameters for Inclusion

You can spend a lifetime trying to change individual mind-sets. When it comes to promoting inclusion, top-down approaches can win the day.

Take Action for LGBTQ Inclusion at Work
Take Action for LGBTQ Inclusion at Work

Having a robust diversity and inclusion policy is good business.

Curb Your Biases
Curb Your Biases

How to avoid errors in judgment and thinking.

> FOCUS: COMMUNICATION

What to Say?
What to Say?
This 7 min. read saves you up to 254 hours
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What to Say?

A reading list about all kinds of conversations: light, naked, difficult and otherwise. 

Resolve Conflict with Compassionate Communication
Resolve Conflict with Compassionate Communication

Conflict is bound to arise in the workplace. Here’s how to nip it in the bud or, better yet, channel it productively.

Communication Is Everything
Communication Is Everything

The dos and don'ts of successful communication in the hybrid workplace.

> EXPERT INTERVIEWS

“Structure Begets Flexibility.”
“Structure Begets Flexibility.”
This 15 min. read saves you up to 6 hours
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“Structure Begets Flexibility.”

We're drowning in emails, text messages, and more and more new collaboration tools. Cal Newport advises organizations to pull the emergency brake now.

“The Way to Success Is Knowing Your Strengths and Using Them.”
“The Way to Success Is Knowing Your Strengths and Using Them.”
This 8 min. read saves you up to 5 hours
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“The Way to Success Is Knowing Your Strengths and Using Them.”

Women are still passed up for promotion way too often, and men dominate the leadership levels in the workplace. Are hybrid work arrangements going to help level the playing field? Gill Whitty-Collins, author of Why…

EXPERT INTERVIEWS

“We Need to Relearn How to Build Authentic Relationships.”
This 7 min. read saves you up to 5 hours
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“We Need to Relearn How to Build Authentic Relationships.”

Leadership coach Maya Hu-Chan explains how an ancient Chinese concept can help leaders build the human skills necessary to thrive in today’s multicultural and multigenerational work environment.

EXPERT INTERVIEWS

“Sideways Is the New Up!”
“Sideways Is the New Up!”
This 17 min. read saves you up to 6 hours
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“Sideways Is the New Up!”

Most organizations still assess employees' skills by looking at their current roles and job titles. Edie Goldberg and Kelley Steven-Waiss propose a tried-and-tested alternative.

“Hybrid Work Structures Are Here to Stay”
“Hybrid Work Structures Are Here to Stay”
This 8 min. read saves you up to 6 hours
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“Hybrid Work Structures Are Here to Stay”

Author and technology expert Phil Simon opens our eyes to the underused potential of new collaboration technologies that will make work processes more transparent and efficient.

> TRENDS:

The 9 Megatrends That Will Boost Your Organization’s Legs
Some see an iceberg here, others see an inverted underwater mountain range.
This 5 min. read saves you up to 158 hours
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The 9 Megatrends That Will Boost Your Organization’s Legs

One way or another.

TRENDS:

Gear Up for Web 3.0
Gear Up for Web 3.0
This 10 min. read saves you up to 44 hours
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Gear Up for Web 3.0

Several technological innovations converge to create the next phase of the Internet, known as the Metaverse

Cautionary Tales from Companies That Squandered Their Market Lead
Cautionary Tales from Companies That Squandered Their Market Lead

The future waits for no one.

Better Customer Retention through Personalization
Better Customer Retention through Personalization

Give shoppers the right message on the right platform at the right time.